Test scores in low-performing schools rose last year in the wake of the No Child Left Behind Act passed more than five years ago. It requires testing and quantifiable goals to reform the country's schools. Merrill Vargo, consultant and director of Springboard Schools, talks with Steve Inskeep about what she advises schools to do to raise their test scores
Vargo says sometimes schools and school districts simply have to prioritize.
"Life is full of trade-offs," Vargo says. "If you've got a student population that is struggling to learn English, their lives depend on their getting good at that. And if you need to walk away from your music class, your art class, you may need to do that. That's not the best of all possible worlds, but that may be the best choice in the real world."
But, Vargo says, there is no single solution for improving a school's performance, but a lot of little ones.